Date of Award
Restricted Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Victor E. Kappeler
Peter B. Kraska
Does community policing signal the diminishment of coercive policing? Recent trends indicate the opposite. There may be an increase in the number and a significant change in the use of police paramilitary units. This case study uses quantitative data, field research and in-depth interviews to inquire into a Southern police department's past and current use of their Emergency Response Unit. Through the research, a more revealing look at the overall paramilitary policing culture, attitudes, legitimization, and tactics was gained and several important cultural themes were developed. Findings include that while this department publicizes themselves as community policing oriented, it has also significantly broadened the role of their paramilitary unit.
Copyright 1996 Derek J. Paulsen
Paulsen, Derek J., "Forging the "Iron Fist" Inside the "Velvet Glove": a Case Study in the Character and Culture of a Police Paramilitary Unit" (1996). Online Theses and Dissertations. 97.